'True Blood' star on nudity: Somebody's gotta do it
February 22nd, 2012
03:48 PM ET

'True Blood' star on nudity: Somebody's gotta do it

As it turns out, Joe Manganiello's wolfish "True Blood" character Alcide doesn't strip down on the show purely for your enjoyment. Perhaps hard to believe, but true, Manganiello tells Out magazine in an interview.

"As far as the butt cheek stuff goes," the 35-year-old actor says, "it just makes sense. It's not gratuitous; it's realistic. If you're a werewolf and you transform, you lose everything and there are your butt cheeks."

"True Blood," Manganiello continues, "is a deconstruction of supernatural creatures. It's not like those other werewolf projects, where you magically reappear with tiny jean shorts on."

Regardless, it's a really good thing Manganiello is so comfortable with his naked form, as he'll be showing it off in the upcoming male stripper movie "Magic Mike."

"Somebody's gotta do it," he says of taking roles that require such little clothing. "Am I afraid of being typecast? I could care less."

In order to get into his character (named, ahem, "Big Dick Richie"), the actor did his research, and says "Magic Mike" will portray both the dark and more humorous sides of the industry.

Of one male dancer he interviewed, "All the guys he worked with were dead or in rehab," Manganiello said. But it was also "the time of his life - this insanely destructive lifestyle, this club life. It was sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll...and getting paid to take your clothes off and have sex."

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  1. LEB

    I am so seeing that movie, and it better include full-frontal. What a change... a full-frontal male nude who is ATTRACTIVE for once. The last hot full-frontal male nudity I saw was blue, glowy, and computer generated.

    March 18, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Patty Cakes

    Finally, naked men!!!

    March 13, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Freddo

    "... it's realistic. If you're a werewolf and you transform, you lose everything and there are your butt cheeks."

    Really? Who did the research on werewolves to make sure this was "realistic"?

    Oh, duh, they're FICTIONAL beasts. But leave it to an actor to claim make-believe is "realistic".

    March 12, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. mark273

    As far as nudity in film, why does someone 'gotta do it'? Why is nudity an assumed necessity?

    March 10, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kassie

    It's "I could NOT care less."

    March 9, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bill Brasky!!!!

    Anna Paquin's boobs don't count as real boobs.

    March 5, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. JohnRJohnson

    He would have a made a great Superman. Was Zach Snyder's second choice for the role in "Man of Steel".

    February 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. brand

    "It's not gratuitous; it's realistic. If you're a werewolf and you transform, you lose everything and there are your butt cheeks."

    What about Werewolves is realistic now?

    February 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kris

    I know this is nitpicky, but he should have said "I couldn't care less." If he could care less then that defeats the purpose of that statement.

    He is ridiculously hot though, so he gets a free pass.

    February 23, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. @11:47pm

    nice try loser! we all know you play for the all-boys' team. do u pitch or catch?

    February 23, 2012 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. {¥}

    @tawny did u think u could mak a diffrence? same-old, lame-old here.

    February 23, 2012 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. Coolbreeze

    now the trolls are trolling the trolls who troll the dumba$$es. guess that makes you a dumba$$ too. time to pick a new name.

    February 23, 2012 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Derp

      Since they troll YOU the most often, aren't you calling yourself a dumba$$?

      February 23, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • pointless1

      Based on your racist and disgustingly seedy comment just now, I don't see any other dumba$$es in this post. You're probably one of those promiscuous raver "bois" who works in a call center, struggles to pay his rent and gets booty calls on Craigslist at 2:00 in the morning after the bars close. You make me puke....loser.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Coolbreeze

      That's a pretty vivid description there! How would you possibly know so much detail? Frequent Craig's List much?

      February 27, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • pointless1

      Thank you for confirming my suppositions...and, for the record, I sold a TV on Craigslist once...and have gay friends who are dignified and viable members of the community. Quit talking...it's all going nowhere for you...

      February 27, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Coolbreeze

      Riiiiiiiight. Sold a TV on Craig's List and have gay "friends" who are dignified and viable members of the community. If Sold a TV is code for "taking it in the po-oper" and by "friends" you mean YOU. There's no such thing as a dignified gay person that knows about Craig's List antics. Nice try... (which is code for FAIL.)

      February 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • coolbreezieco


      March 15, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. @carrieanne


    February 23, 2012 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. Coolbreeze

    I like my wieners black and long. I love being flaming gay and getting butt r@ped by a wild pack of j!ggaboos.

    February 22, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. @@9:54

    Who is tawny trolling? Picking a fight with who? Sheesh what a looser.

    February 22, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  16. @9:54

    Long and pointy, explains why u're on here trolling trolls. Try the long and thick then maybe you won't be on here picking a fight

    February 22, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Molly Ann

    D@m!is every gorgeous man in Hollywood Gay or Bi?I hate this sh!t!

    February 22, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  18. tawny

    His nose looks like a cabbage patch doll. Wunder what else is long and pointy?

    February 22, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Coolbreeze

    They should have gotten Michael Fassbender too. He could certainly fill a thong well, but the other guys may have had a tiny bit of an inferiority complex next to him!

    February 22, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Lonnie

    Gay men love that show.

    February 22, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |

    YIKES! Nothing beats trolling, huh guys! Keep up the lame work!

    February 22, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  22. carrieanne

    i so want to suck richard's butt hole

    February 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Richard Fore

    That Magneto guy from 'Shame' is even bigger than ANY of the Magic Mike guys though!

    February 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Yeah

    I'd hit it!

    February 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Sly Sadie

    Chris Brown does! I love me my brown boys!

    February 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • pointless1

      Oh you must be one of those women who love to be objectified and belittled and abused...WEAK.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • pointless1

      Because believe me...they don't love you!!

      February 27, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  26. Goofy Gina

    I bet the "men" here don't measure up to the guys in Magic Mike!

    February 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Sally Mae

    Shucks, you are all home-mo's here ain't-chya?

    February 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Coolbreeze

    I am a HUGE True Blood fan, myself... All those nekkid menz ALMOST makes me forget about Sadie for a minute or two!

    February 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Richard Fore


    February 22, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  30. anti troll guy

    *SQUEE!* I am sooo seeing Magic Mike!

    February 22, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |

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